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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (May 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801063353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801063350
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bill McKeever is the founder of Mormonism Research Ministry in El Cajon, California, and the author of Answering Mormons' Questions. Eric Johnson also works with Mormonism Research Ministry. McKeever and Johnson are coauthors of Questions to Ask Your Mormon Friend.

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104 of 121 people found the following review helpful By Zig Gey on February 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
The book merely outlines Mormon belief and responds with orthodox Judao-Christian theology. Why does this mean the authors are their enemies? I grew up in this church and know what I was taught and the authors do not misrepresent anything. I'm also rather amazed at the claims of some of the reviewers regarding the early Christian church and the Bible being translated over and over again by priest after priest. The Bible, whatever version, was translated from the original into English, and the New Testament is, in fact, the record of Christ and His church after His death. Other records also exist. There are, of course, different interpretations and different creeds, but there is no evidence that God reached down from on high and "removed" His church from the Earth and that "truth" depends on arcane organization or hand-shakes or obscene hugs and annointings or that a priest, or a bishop or even a pope has some sort of special powers, like a magician's license.

And since I spent so much of my first twenty years attending classes and seminary and sunday school and fast and testimony meeting and the dreaded stake conference, I can speak (for you Mormons, make that "spake") or testify in court if you'd like that Mormon's regularly misrepresent the theology of Christian churches, and in fact, say that the Roman Catholic Church and by association all other apostastolic churches are the "Church of the Devil". Pretty ugly stuff that! This book, by contrast, is at all times respectful, while challenging the Mormon's theology.

I notice that those who give the book one star, advance the odd idea that challenging someone's ideas and scholarship constitutes "persecution". Good grief. Talking openly about ideas, religion, politics, history, etc. etc.
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74 of 95 people found the following review helpful By D. Burkhead on December 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
I've read some of the reviews here that continually blast this work. It's sad because most of these bad reviews are from Mormons who disagree with the authors for fear that the authors may be correct. The authors were extremely fair in presenting their well-documented evidence; unfortunately the evidence conflicts with Mormon beliefs, ergo reviews of cynicism followed. Those few Mormons who can read this book and not have the automatic reflex of dismissing it as "anti-Mormon" might actually glean some relevant information about the LDS Church. I've studied the LDS Church and each time I come across a work by non-LDS authors dealing with the LDS Church, the Mormons seemingly always display an "us verses them" mentality (the reviews here are case-in-point). This work provides great information and should be read by all interested in or a member of the LDS Church. Hopefully one day, books that speak fairly of the Mormon Church will not fall on the deaf ears of its members.
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71 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Bradley P. Rich on January 6, 2002
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As someone who was raised as a Mormon, I have been surprised at how little serious theology is done inside the Mormon church. The current president of the church admitted on a national televison interview that he didn't know much about theology. I have always suspected that the church was unprepared to come to grips with changes in theological positions over the years, and hence, chose to ignore it. Outside analysis has been strident, and frequently generated more heat than light over these issues, leaving the reader to wonder about the fairness of the analysis.
Mormonism 101 avoids the combative tone and for the most part, gives accurate positions for Mormon theology. They expose many of the flaws and inconsistencies in Mormon doctrine. Recognize that their analysis is designed to show that Mormonism is not a Christian religion and to sell the reader on the alternative belief system, Christianity, and that the authors' analysis showing that alternative Christian beliefs are somehow better may leave the skeptical reader cold. Those caveats notwithstanding, this is a good introduction to the problems that infest Mormon theological underpinnings. This book is highly recommended, but is less useful as a general introduction to Mormonism than Mormon America by Richard and Joan Ostling, which is the best general introduction to Mormon history, theology and power structure. Nevertheless, well worth reading!
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35 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Happy Christian on April 16, 2006
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I became very interested in studying Mormonism after I took some "missionary lessons" from Mormon missionaries who came to my door. They were nice young men but they were truly unable to answer many questions that I had. The difference between the content of their lessons and the content of the research I did is indescribable.

I've read several books now, including the controversial, The God Makers. I prefer Mormonism 101 to any book I've read because this book documents and references everything very well. Not one thing is claimed without very accurate proof.

However one thing I have noticed to be consistently true is that believing Mormons are very difficult to talk religion with. Overall they are programmed to deny anything that the church has successfully kept from them their whole lives. In the beginning I was really shocked at how few Mormons know anything about their religion. And who can blame them? At their church and on their official website not one word of anything the Mormon church wants to keep from them is mentioned. The most truthful accusation I've ever heard about the Mormon church is how much they sanitize their history and teachings. IT IS SO TRUE.

Even the Mormon bishop that I got to know over time denied to me that Joseph Smith was ever a polygamist. He was a very kind man but obviously like most Mormons, very ignorant to the truths of Mormon history. He even joked with me and said that if the Mormon church had to do it over again they definately would not have named their big university after Brigham Young because now there is so many things about Brigham Young that is exposed on the internet that is causing deep problems and embarrassments to the Mormon church.
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